4140.0 Emergency Department Use for Preventable Dental Conditions: Magnitude of the Problem and Solutions

Tuesday, October 30, 2012: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
In recent years the use of emergency departments for ambulatory care conditions has increased. Several state-based reports have identified dental conditions as one of the primary reasons for emergency department use. Some of the identified conditions are preventable while others are acute. The treatment rendered is palliative and does not manage the disease, nor is there time to address the routine need for professional and self-care. This panel presentation will present the data captured in these reports, actions taken/planned and discuss the impact on the costs of health care. In addition panel members will provide strategies to address this growing public health problem and redesign approaches to preventive and restorative treatment.
Session Objectives: Explain the trends in the emergency room use for dental conditions Describe the impact of and care provided for preventable dental conditions on emergency department utilization. Discuss strategies to rectify the impact on emergency department utilization.
Dushanka V. Kleinman, DDS, MScD and Susan Cote, RDH MS

Emergency Department Utilization for Preventable Dental Conditions
Christopher Okunseri, BDS, MSc, MLS, FFDRCSI
Characteristics of Dental-Related Hospital Admissions in Michigan, 2009-2010
Adrienne Nickles, MPH, Mathew Reeves, PhD, Sarah Lyon-Callo, MA, MS and Christine Farrell, RDH, MPA
A Costly Dental Destination
Shelly Gehshan, MPP

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Organized by: Oral Health

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH) , Masters Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)

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